“Firm in texture, with nubby tannins around a glowing core of blackberry and mint flavors, lingering with refinement against fine tannins.”
"Lithe and expressive, with red berry and floral overtones to the dark, spicy core, remaining deft through the long finish, with mint and lime hints. The tannins are nicely buffed." - H.S.
Tight and focused on the nose with gentle wood tones and spice accents. Nice fruit, bright flavors and good ripeness emerges on the palate but this remains restrained and slightly understated in the mouth with lovely plum and spice flavors. The oak is a bit prominent and the tannins stick out a touch but this is showing good length and freshness on the finish with fruit that has a fairly perfumy edge.
Tighten and fairly oaky with plenty of spice and black fruit, black plums on the nose. Smooth and seductive on entry with supple ripe tannins and gorgeous fruit on the palate. While not very powerful, this is deep with flavors of wild plum, tart black raspberry and cocoa. Gaining some richness and chocolaty detail on the long finish, there's also a little ivy detailing the nose that emerges on the finish as well. A bit small scaled and lacking some intensity, this makes up for it with its fine balance and harmony in the mouth.
Apex winemaker Peter Devison is smiling after winning GOLD for his rigorously tasted (and loved) creation: Apex Ascent 2008 Merlot. Other medals Apex earned include:
- Apex Cellars - 2009 Chardonnay - Silver
- Apex Cellars-2008 Merlot - Bronze
- Apex Ascent - 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon - Silver
- Apex Ascent --2009 Red Blend - Bronze
Rich, ruby colored Merlot, the 2010 is full-bodied and bright, showing off its focused fruit backed by warm and toasty oak influenced aromas of grilled bread and toasted herbs. Dark cherry, blackberry and wet stone are met by toasted grain, licorice spice and vanilla cream. Big and generous with balanced acidity and silky, integrated tannins this wine is a knockout and should age well for 5-8 years.
- Vintage: 2012
- Varietal Blend: 100% Merlot
- pH: 3.67
- TA: 5.34 g/L
- Alcohol: 14.4%
- ML: 100%
- RS: Dry
- Yeast: Premier Cuvee
- Aged: 18 months
- Vineyards: Elephant Mountain, Dionysus, Red Haven, Alder Ridge, Seven Hills
- Oak: 100% French Oak (35% New)
- Cases Produced: 900 cases